Living Loss, Cambridge

Jules Findley’s practice emerges from researching into emotions in bereavement using affect and display in these life changing events, as means of conveying sensitivity through the material of hand made paper. Examining the raw emotions of complicated grief through the wider context of domesticity questions awareness of bereavement issues from the public and practices of mourning. The research comprised of practice through materiality of paper, both making new and old paper suspending judgment of experimentation through the methodology of play. Through combined research and practice the idea of torn edges, tears and ‘tares’ being the same word with the same spelling gave the metaphor of the raw edge in grief.


Through generating new work for exhibition, and public interaction, her practice explores cross-cultural rites through cross-disciplined outcomes. The making of paper is relevant as part of Jules Findley’s practice research, as it is part of a repetitive process which is reflective. Using a critical framework, play and serendipity are aspects of methodologies used for an unpredictable outcome, where the work leads the research, and not the other way round. As a result, the raw and the torn edge in her work, becomes an important aspect in its transparency and fragility in acceptance of loss.


Jules Findley is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and is a Member of Dying Matters UK; PhD candidate at the Royal College of Art whilst working full-time as Principal lecturer in Fashion Communication, within Fashion and Textiles at the University of Brighton.

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